Nasla tower Karachi demolition through ‘controlled implosion’ to cost PKR 220 million

a committee of technical experts was constituted for assessing and evaluating the expressions of interest by different companies.

Nasla tower
Karachi: The city administration is learned to have sought directions of the Supreme Court to finalize the demolition of Nasla Tower as one firm solicited PKR 220 million for destroying the high-rise via controlled implosion. At the same time, the other offered free-of-cost service through mechanical means.

Sources have revealed that the city Commissioner, Muhammed Iqbal Memon, had presented a report to the apex court notifying the advantages and disadvantages of both the techniques recommended by the two shortlisted firms.

The commissioner informed the SC that no company or authority had experienced demolishing a building in an urban area through controlled implosion.

Memon told the court that a committee of technical experts was constituted for assessing and evaluating the expressions of interest by different companies.

The Supreme Court was informed that the committee suggested a firm, Hi-Tech Electronics, and Machinery Demolition, which offered leveling by implosion with all safety measures, asking 60-day time for demolition and post-demolition work.

“The company had given a price of PKR 220 million for demolition, including rights on debris and attached valuable material,” said the report.

It said the building designs had been shared with the firm to prepare a demolition plan.
The report also notified that the committee had recommended a firm, ANI Enterprises, to demolish the building through conventional ways, i.e., with the assistance of machinery and manual labor.

The SC was informed that the company had given three months for the demolition and evacuation of debris from the site, claiming the ruins, inclusive of valuable material.

Additionally, the company also offered to pay PKR 15 million in the government treasury. Besides, the court was informed that the Sindh Building Control Authority had been directed to commence pre-demolition work, remove windows, fulfill other pre-demolition requirements at the earliest and provide progress reports daily.

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